Article: The Power of Perseverance (AKA My trip to Joshua Tree) Natural Fertility Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella and Kidney Beans Q&A: What if I can’t eat organic? Product Specials: Organic Maca powder, Fertilica Whey Protein (32oz) New Products: Digital Basal Thermometer, Bend, Breath & Conceive DVD, Fertile-Focus Ovulation Microscope, Natural Fertility Journal (eBook), Overcoming Infertility with EFT (eBook)
By Hethir Rodriguez
So we just got back from a trip to the California desert. I had been looking forward to this trip for a couple of months and was so excited to be doing yoga for three days and relaxing with friends. Well, not everything turns out as you expect. That saying sure was true during this trip. We checked into an adorable little bed and breakfast getting ready for the festival to begin the next day. The next day comes and I am ready for my first yoga class. As I get over to the class I enter into a room that has over 100 people standing mat to mat ready for class to begin.
I found a spot just large enough for my pink yoga mat and began to work through letting go of my expectations. Something you don’t know about me is that doing yoga does not come naturally. I am a high energy, short attention span type of girl who runs miles everyday, does taekwando and talks very fast. So when I do yoga there is a constant soap opera going on in my head. For some reason yoga brings this out in me. I guess it is doing its work.
Class begins so I focus on the positives like the live band playing, the opportunity to be here, the air conditioning and on and on. I am feeling good until we are asked to go into triangle pose. This is normally no problem, but when you are in a class that is so jam packed everyone’s mats are touching, this becomes an issue. So as I am in triangle pose with someones butt a little to close to my head for comfort. So I close my eyes, breathe and focus inward.
At this point you may be wondering why I put myself through this? At the time I was asking myself the same. But I pushed on through and made it to the end of the 2 hour class. What helped me to push on through was knowing that once it was over I would feel amazing and be a better person for it. This fact gets me through so many challenging moments of my life. Can you apply the power of perseverance to your fertility journey? Are there expectations you can let go of. Can you take a deep breath and take some time to look within? Can you push through the hard stuff so you will be a healthier person afterward. It IS totally worth it.
Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella and Kidney Beans
Prep Time: 35 minutes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 firm eggplant, cubed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup cooked kidney beans
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
12 ounces whole wheat rigatoni, cooked
1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
7 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
In a large soup pot over medium heat, add the oil. Add the eggplant and stir to coat. Cook until slightly golden and soft, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic, onion, beans, tomatoes, water and the balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. After it has simmered, add the yogurt and mix well.
Add the pasta to the tomato sauce, along with the basil. Stir well. Add the cheese and gently mix. Let sit 2 minutes for cheese to melt. Season again, if necessary. Serve warm.
I live in a very small town and the nearest place to get organic food is like 4 hrs away - we rent so we cant grow a garden really so I am kinda frustrated about that i would love to eat organically especially if it will help my health and my chances of conceiving but driving 8 hrs (4 there and 4 back) to get those things is kinda a big drive and journey .
-Will the cleanse still work if I’m not eating organically?
-Will it affect my fertility if I do not eat organically?
-Are there any tips or alternatives that i can do because i cant eat organically?
A: Not eating organic will not ruin your Fertility Cleanse. Making wise choices when buying foods is important.
Try not to buy pre-made foods full of chemicals and preservatives. Do buy local whenever possible. Wash fruits and veggies with a vegetable wash, found in most grocery stores. Try to buy whole foods. Read labels, try to buy products with as many real ingredients as possible, ingredients you can pronounce and understand. Try to find meat and dairy products from a nearby farm, or look for natural options, ones that say they don’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics.
Examples of poor food choices are pre-made canned foods such as spaghetti-o’s, frozen pizza, frozen meals, Hamburger Helper
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